Inland Empire 66ers

The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino are a minor league baseball team in San Bernardino, California. They are the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels and play in the California League. The 66ers play home games at San Manuel Stadium.

Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino
Founded in 1987
San Bernardino, California
Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentClass A Advanced
Minor league affiliations
LeagueCalifornia League
ConferenceSouth Division
Major league affiliations
CurrentLos Angeles Angels (2011–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (6)
  • 1995
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2003
  • 2006
  • 2013
Team data
NicknameInland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino (2003–present)
Previous names
  • San Bernardino Stampede (1996–2002)
  • San Bernardino Spirit (1987–1995)
MascotBernie (1999-present)
The Baseball Bug (1988-1998)
BallparkSan Manuel Stadium
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Elmore Sports Group (David G. Elmore & Donna F. Tuttle)
ManagerChad Tracy
General ManagerJoe Hudson

Franchise history

The 66ers began when the Salinas Spurs moved to San Bernardino and bought the name of the San Bernardino Spirit from the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes who had just left town. The team was bought by Elmore Sports Group soon afterwards. The team originally played at Fiscalini Field until 1996 when the team moved to San Bernardino Stadium, nicknamed "The Ranch" in concert with the team's new name, the San Bernardino Stampede.

Later, the stadium was re-christened San Manuel Stadium sponsored by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians with their casino.

The team name was later changed to the team's current name, the Inland Empire 66ers, taken from the historic U. S. Route 66 that ran through San Bernardino.

In September 2006, the 66ers announced they were renewing its affiliation with the Los Angeles Dodgers beginning in the 2007 season. That affiliation would last through the end of the 2010 season.

In September 2010, the 66ers agreed to a two-year affiliation with the Los Angeles Angels to be the MLB club's minor league "High A" ball affiliate.

The team was once unique for having a National Public Radio affiliate, KVCR-FM, as the station that broadcast its games on radio. However, in 2008 the team changed its station to commercial talk station KCAA.

Year-by-year record

  • San Bernardino Spirit (1993–1995)
  • San Bernardino Stampede (1996–2002)
  • Inland Empire 66ers (2003–present)
YearRecordFinishManagerPlayoffs
199362–747thGreg Mahlberg
199448–889thGreg Mahlberg
199584–541stRon RoenickeLeague Champions
199670–707thDel Crandall
199768–727thDel Crandall / Dino EbelLost League Finals
199855–859thMickey Hatcher / Joe Vavra / Tim Wallach
199980–612ndRick BurlesonLeague Champions
200077–634thDino EbelLeague Champions
200176–643rdDaren BrownLost in 1st round
200277–633rdDaren BrownLost in 2nd round
200378–622ndSteve RoadcapLeague Champions
200477–633rdDaren BrownLost in 2nd round
200558–829thDaren Brown
200672–685thGary ThurmanLeague Champions
200772–673rdDave CollinsLost in 1st round
200868–733rdJohn ValentinLost in 1st round
200959–814thCarlos Subero
201050–905thJeff Carter
201169-715thTom Gamboa
201266-745thBill Haselman
201369-715thBill HaselmanLeague Champions
201462-785thDenny HockingLost in 2nd round
201561-794thDenny Hocking
201648-925thChad Tracy

Roster

Inland Empire 66ers roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 26 Nathan Bates
  • 21 Nate Bertness
  • 39 Kyle Bradish
  • -- Denny Brady
  • 41 Cooper Criswell
  • 44 Aaron Hernandez
  • 45 Travis Herrin
  • 33 Connor Higgins
  • 28 Austin Krzeminski
  • -- Jake Lee
  • 31 Luke Lind
  • 12 Cristopher Molina
  • -- Chris Rodriguez
  • 20 Tyler Smith
  •  2 Jorge Tavarez
  •  5 Kyle Tyler

Catchers

  • 16 Michael Cruz
  • 25 Alexis Olmeda

Infielders

  •  4 D.C. Arendas
  • 22 Devin Davis
  • 19 Zane Gurwitz
  • -- David MacKinnon
  •  1 Gleyvin Pineda
  •  3 Leonardo Rivas
  • 23 Michael Stefanic
  • 46 Franklin Torres

Outfielders

Manager

  •  6 Ryan Barba

Coaches

  •  7 Derek Florko (hitting)
  • 35 Steven Hernandez (coach)
  • 48 Michael Wuertz (pitching)


7-day injured list
* On Los Angeles Angels 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated November 2, 2019
Transactions
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Notable alumni

Hall of Fame alumni

Notable alumni

  • Rafael Furcal (2007, 2010) 3 x MLB All-Star; 2000 NL Rookie of the Year
  • Orel Hershiser (2000) 1988 World Series Most Valuable Player; 1988 NL Cy Young Award
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